Dr Luca Rubini speaks in Geneva

The IEL Deputy Director recently spoke in Geneva at two important events.

Dr Luca Rubini (left) with the Belgian Ambassar at the Geneva Symposium

On 19 March he discussed the recent WTO Appellate Body decision in the Canada – Renewable Energy disputes at the Annual Update on WTO Dispute Settlement organized by the Graduate Institute. The event started with an overview of the activities and developments in WTO dispute settlement, offered by Ambassador Jonathan Fried, Canada, and current chairman of the Dispute Settlement Body, and Professor Ricardo Ramirez-Hernandez, current Chairperson of the Appellate Body. Luca then discussed the renewable energy disputes in a high-profile panel, which included LIesbeth Casier (UNEP), Damien Neven (Graduate Institute), Thomas Cottier (WTI) and Gabrielle Marceau (WTO). Professor Joost Pauwelyn (Graduate Institute) chaired the panel.

On 9 May Luca was invited again to speak in Geneva, this time by the missions to the WTO of the European Union and the Kingdom of Belgium. The academic organizers of this symposium on “The Future of the Multilateral Trading System: Post-Bali Perspectives” were the Graduate Institute and the World Trade Institute. The symposium, a closed-door event for Geneva’s diplomatic community, featured high-profile speakers like the Angelos Pangratos, EU Ambassador to the WTO, Professors Simon Evenet (St Gallen), Richard Baldwin (Graduate Institute), Jan Wouters (Leuven). Luca spoke in the afternoon panel focusing on “The WTO in the green era: what trade responses to urgent environmental problems?” His paper specifically focused on the path of reform for green energy subsidy rules.

(Pictured: Dr Rubini with Belgian Ambassador Bertrand de Crombrugghe (right) at the Symposium "The Future of the Multilateral Trading System: post-Bali Perspectives")